RB - LAR - IR
Week 6 Outlook
Per sources, Los Angeles Rams RB Cam Akers suffered a torn Achilles while training and he will be out for the entire 2021 season.
Brutal blow for both Akers and the Rams, who figured to lean heavily on the second-year running back out of Florida State. With Akers now done for the season, this looks to be Darrell Henderson’s job, and he should be viewed as a high-end RB2 with the expected workload. With Malcolm Brown also gone, look for Los Angeles to bring in a veteran running back to take some of the workload off Henderson this season.
Rams head coach Sean McVay recently told reporters that he views running back Cam Akers as an “every-down back” and a “very special player.”
Akers took complete control over the Rams’ backfield starting in Week 13 vs. the Cardinals and never looked back. He averaged 21.5 carries and 2.8 targets per game while playing over 60% of the snaps in his last four regular season games. Even with Darrell Henderson in the picture, expect Akers to continue to be the focal point of the Rams’ rushing attack. He’s an intriguing option as a low-end RB1 in 2021, especially with an upgrade at the quarterback position with Matthew Stafford now in Los Angeles.
Cam Akers rushed 18 times for 90 yards and a score and caught his only target for another six yards in a 32-18 divisional round loss to the Packers.
Akers handled 100% of the running back carries for the Rams in this game and has been a workhorse back since Week 13 of the regular season. With head coach Sean McVay seeming to hand over the reigns of the backfield to Akers down the stretch, it's clear he's going to be the feature back in 2021, and has a chance to become a top-10 running back given his talent and opportunity.
Cam Akers rushed 28 times for 131 yards and a touchdown and caught 2-of-2 targets for 45 yards in a 30-20 win over the Seahawks in the Wild Card round of the playoffs.
Akers received 76% of the RB carries with Malcolm Brown receiving the other 24%. Akers has now been a workhorse for the Rams since Week 13, and should continue to shoulder the load in the divisional round of the playoffs, most likely against the Packers should the Saints take care of business at home against the Bears.
Cam Akers carried the ball 21 times for 34 yards but caught all four of his targets for 54 yards during the Rams win over the Cardinals in Week 17.
With Jared Goff (thumb) forced to miss the game, the Rams leaned heavily on Akers, though he wasn't able to find any room. He is clearly hampered by his sprained ankle, though he did manage to make an impact in the receiving game. He now has six days to heal before the Rams take on the Seahawks in the NFC wildcard game on Saturday.